Five General Horse Safety Rules

For some, horses are a part of their everyday life. There are many people that haven't ever seen one. Horses are wonderful animals, but they are very dangerous if you are not  familiar with them. They vary in size and personalities. Here is a list of some of the safety rules for those who don't know them.

1.  Never walk directly behind a horse, they could kick you.

2. Always hand feed a horse with your palm up and fingers flat; some horses may think your fingers are carrots.

3. Never wrap a lead rope around your hand while leading a horse, if spooked they could run and drag you.

4. Always walk at the horse's left shoulder while leading to avoid getting your feet stepped on.

5. No running or yelling around them; this could also frighten them.

In the wild, horses use body language to communicate to one another. By watching their body language we can generally know what to expect.

A frightened horse will pick its head up abruptly, pointing his ears forward and flaring his nostrils. This is considered the startle response. 

When a horse has his ears back and head lowered, showing its teeth is a display of aggression.  A horse's natural defense is fight or flight.

If a horse perceives something as a threat, it may run away or stand and fight.

A horse's vision is different than ours. A horse's eyes are on the sides of their face. They can only see a clear picture directly in front of them. Therefore, it may cause a horse to be unpredictable at times and spook at things it can not see. It may also trigger their fight or flight instincts .

Many stables offer all levels of  lessons. If interested in learning more about horses. Horseback riding is a great  activity for any age of life. It builds character, self-discipline and responsibility. You must be able to take corrective criticism and follow directions. For the safety of you and the horse, please follow these simple rules.

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